Police launch investigation into mudslide death of 10-year-old school girl

The death of Leah Harrison, who was killed when she was caught in a mudslide while on a school trip, will be investigated by police. The 10-year-old died while she was on an instructor led walk at Carlton Bank on Wednesday afternoon.

Leah, a pupil at Darlington's Mount Pleasant Primary School, had been on a school trip when the mudslide happened. A Health and Safety Executive spokesperson has now confirmed it will carry out a joint investigation alongside North Yorkshire Police.

The spokesperson added: "We are aware of this incident and working with North Yorkshire Police on a joint investigation." Hartlepool Borough Council, which operates Carlton Adventure, said a full investigation would be carried out into Leah's death.

Denise McGuckin, managing director of Hartlepool Council, which operates Carlton Adventure, has confirmed that a probe is now ongoing following the incident. She said: "We can confirm that a tragic incident occurred during one of the Centre’s instructor-led outdoor education forest walks near to Carlton-in-Cleveland yesterday.

"We are utterly devastated and heartbroken and our thoughts are with Leah’s family and friends and all those affected. We are working closely with our partner agencies to carry out a full investigation and we are temporarily suspending all outdoor activities and residential breaks managed by the council. Whilst the investigation is being carried out it would be inappropriate for us to comment further."

Police said the mudslide happened at about 1:15pm on Wednesday and that one person had died. Leah's family later praised the schoolgirl in a statement shared via police.

"Leah Harrison, the happy bubbly go lucky little girl," the statement said. "The beautiful smile, the giddy laugh the silly jokes. You will never ever be forgotten baby girl You will achieve your dream and become a player for the lionesses, spread those wings. May you rest in paradise."